Killer of 12-year-old Skyway boy sentenced to more than 50 years

Killer of 12-year-old Skyway boy sentenced to more than 50 years »Play Video
Curtis J. Walker
SEATTLE - A Kent man was sentenced Thursday to 50 years and eight months in prison for shooting a 12-year-old Skyway boy in the back and killing him as he was walking home from the store.

The sentence was handed down in King County Superior Court against Curtis J. Walker, 35, as punishment in the shooting death of 12-year-old Alajawan Brown.

Alajawan's mother says Walker took away something that could never be replaced.

"I will never forget what you have done," Ayanna Brown said. "I think you deserve the highest and hardest penalty available... I think you should suffer, but I forgive you."

Alajawan was shot in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store on April 29, 2010. During the trial, prosecutors said Walker shot and killed the boy when he confused him with a rival gang member.

According to the prosecution, Walker and a friend nicknamed "D-Ro" had gotten into a gunfight in Skyway with others suspected to be in the rival gang a few minutes earlier.

As Walker and "D-Ro" fled the scene, Walker spotted Alajawan a block away and shot him, mistaking him for somebody else, prosecutors said.

Alajawan had just stepped off a bus and had nothing to do with the gun battle that erupted just minutes before. The boy happened to be wearing a blue windbreaker, and prosecutors say Walker thought he was a rival gang member.

Defense attorneys told jurors that "D-Ro" was the real killer, but the state has invested too much in him as a witness against Walker and wouldn't back down.

 Alajawan Brown

But jurors evidently didn't buy that argument.

Court documents say after Alajawan was shot outside the 7-Eleven, there was a hit-and-run accident a short distance away involving a black Cadillac that fled the scene. A witness recorded the license plate and detectives found the car was registered to the wife of Curtis Walker.

A short time later, a man was spotted dumping suspicious items in a field, then returning to the Cadillac. Police were called and recovered three handguns, including the .38 revolver that detectives later determined was used at the 7-Eleven shooting.

DNA processed from the gun's trigger and bullets in the casing were a match to Walker, documents said.

After the sentencing, the judge asked Walker to use his status as a gang member to help teach other inmates that a life of crime is no life at all.

"Tell them what you know, what you've come to know, that it isn't worth it," said Judge Richard Eadie. "Please tell them, put your guns down."

Alajawan's parents say that while the case is finally over, their work is not done. They are working on ways to help change their community for the better.